New poll shows support for a course correction to Health Canada’s tobacco strategy

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(Ottawa and Montreal) – A poll conducted for Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the Quebec Tobacco Control Coalition shows key elements of Health Canada’s approach to reducing smoking are out of line with public opinion. “A few years ago the federal government shifted its focus away from regulating tobacco products and towards a vaping...

Do telephone interviews undercount smokers?

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Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released the most recent results from its long-standing and impressive Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). The results were very encouraging for those who work to reduce tobacco use — smoking rates had declined to 13% –  the lowest rate in our lifetime. Earlier in the year, another Statistics Canada survey (the Canadian...

The vaping industry compliance deficit

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This week Health Canada released the results of its inspections of the instagram accounts of Canadian vaping suppliers. Just over half (53%) of the 304 suppliers failed inspection. The industry fared somewhat better on this test than they did on the previous round of inspections of their retail stores in the summer and fall of 2019. On those occasions, fewer than 1...

Does Canada’s Climate Change Action Plan have lessons for tobacco control?

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What happens when governments announce targets to achieve important public objectives, but then fail to develop adequate plans to achieve them? Or when their plans for achieving these targets are side-swiped by later events? Or swept aside by subsequent administrations? Stewards of the environment have faced these challenges and have developed a system to improve...

New vaping regulations are urgently needed — as are larger reforms of Canada’s approach to tobacco companies

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Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada welcomes the federal regulatory measures announced today to protect young people and non-smokers from the marketing of highly-addictive and enticingly flavoured vaping products. The new limits on the amount of nicotine that is permitted in vaping liquids will protect many young people from addiction. This measure will be in place...

Ian Irvine, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and the CD Howe Institute

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Over the past months Canadians have heard the views on vaping regulations of Concordia University economist Ian Irvine. Recently the Globe and Mail’s business editor gave space to his opinion that taxes on vaping products should not be so high as to discourage people from using them and that governments should do more to encourage smokers who...

Why does British Columbia lag behind when it comes to taking cigarettes out of pharmacies?

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More than 30 years ago, Canadian health organizations began to campaign for pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes. One by one, 9 provinces and 3 territories amended their tobacco laws to end this practice. Only one province – British Columbia – has firmly declined to take this step. This post looks reviews provincial bans on pharmacy...

TAAT: Another challenge for tobacco regulators

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What looks like a cigarette, tastes like a cigarette and smells like a cigarette but is not regulated like a cigarette? Meet TAAT, a hemp-based cigarette look-alike. Made by a Canadian company, designed by Philip Morris International alumni, and now being test-marketed in the U.S.A., TAAT are nicotine-free ‘cigarettes’ that promise a realistic smoking experience....

Federal budget will trigger much-needed price increases for tobacco and vaping products

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(Ottawa – April 19, 2021) Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada welcomes the measures included in today’s federal budget to increase taxes on tobacco products and to implement a new tax on vaping products. “These are long overdue and important steps to help protect Canadian children,” said Cynthia Callard, Executive Director. “Tobacco products in Canada are...

Tobacco 21 – More evidence on the benefits of raising the minimum legal age

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Raising the minimum sale age for tobacco to 21 has emerged as a highly recommended measure for tobacco control systems. This blog reviews the history of Tobacco 21 measures and the research that has been conducted on the effectiveness of this measure at reducing tobacco or e-cigarette use by young people. (A downloadable version is...

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